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crystaalWest VancouverSince July 22, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4.1)
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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
Lovely place for high-end meal
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

As vegetarians, we ordinarily would not eat at a hotel restaurant but did so due to a group event (they had planned it around the chocolate buffet). We went online and were pleased at the variety of vegetarian options, so tried it.

Unfortunately, the website was "months" out of date according to the maitre d, and many of the listed vegetarian options either were not available, or simply weren't vegetarian (soup made with chicken stock, Caesar salad with prociutto, etc.) We were considering just leaving, but the staff went out of their way to help. They offered us both the room service and bar menu as well as the regular dinner menu. We ended up ordering a soup from the room service menu, two salads, and splitting a main course from the regular dinner menu.

The servers were courteous, friendly, and helpful. If they weren't sure if a dish contained animal ingredients, instead of just saying "no" as many places do, they went to check. The atmosphere was elegant, not loud, even as the tables filled. The room was almost empty until 6 pm when the chocolate buffet started and people arrived en masse.

Our tomato and basil bisque arrived quickly and was a decent size, even for sharing. It had already been placed in two bowls. The two salads were "raspberries, smoked duck and farmstead feta salad" (heavily discounted as we didn't have it with duck) and "vine tomato, goat cheese and arugula". Neither salad was the typical greens in a bowl with things added, rather, all the ingredients were separated on a plate. Initially I was surprised at the small portions, but quickly realized the amount of preparation which went into the dishes. This is not just greens dumped onto a plate; a great deal of work went into it. The vine tomato salad comes with an olive tapenade which we asked for on the side -- if you order it, leave enough bread as there is lots of tapenade and it's delicious. This salad also includes a tomato sorbet.

Our main dish was sauteed BC seasonal mushrooms. I don't like butter and thought this would be too rich, but it was lovely -- delicately flavoured, and several varieties of mushrooms, with a few other veg and beans. The centre portobello was topped off with vanilla foam. Again, the portion wasn't huge, but after all the other food it was adequate, even for sharing. I think a whole one would have been too rich for me but not my husband.

As this was Saturday night, they had the chocolate buffet, usually $26/person but, if you order enough food, it's $13/person. Initially we weren't going to do it but in the end decided to. However, because of the extreme confusion about the menu (misleading on the website), the manager gave it to us for free! We certainly didn't expect anything like that. The dishes looked wonderful but I actually liked the fruit best, either with or without the chocolate dip. My husband also loved the crepe (made to order) with the mango sauce, and the chocolate croissant pudding. The other offerings looked great but I found them a bit sweet and not chocolatey enough.

As we received excellent service throughout, we gave a generous tip including the chocolate buffet in the calculation.

There are not any high-end veg restaurants in Vancouver, unlike many cities, so we would certainly consider returning to Fleuri, calling in advance and taking our own smoked tofu as they said they could adapt any of their dishes for this.

Overall we were very pleased with our experience. In the past, we've been so disappointed with hotel restaurants, even high-end ones, that we generally avoid them. I would highly recommend Fleuri for a nice date or special occasion.

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Whole Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Huge variety of tasty food; good value for money
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

This place used to be the Bo Kong, closed for a while and is now open with new owners. The menu has all of the old favourites, but with the addition of a few new items. Man, the host, is still there as are a couple of the waitstaff but there are also new servers. I believe the chef is the same.

Generally there is little or no wait, even when they're busy but we try to make reservations if we think it will be busy -- like Mother's Day for example. Service is fast and efficient and the food always arrives quickly. People won't hover over you although they may ask if you like your meal. That's just fine: keeping the service speed-oriented reduces costs (and price).

Portions sizes are large. The prices are either the same or slightly higher (by $0.50 to $1.00) compared to when it was the Bo Kong but are still very good value for money, especially in comparison to other similar places.

Some of our favourites (and popular dishes with other people too) include soup, both thick spinach and wonton, "sizzling steak", sweet and sour tofu puffs, spicy green beans, eggplant with tofu (we get it with soft tofu, not fried), and colourful chop suey. This last dish used to come in a taro nest but doesn't seem to any more, but the pieces of veg are bigger, making it easier to eat. The "chicken drumsticks" are also tasty and fun -- more on that later. Lots of choices of fried rice or chow mein.

We have tried some new dishes, such as winter melon soup, flavoured with sesame oil, sticky rice, and pea tip with veg scallop or enoki mushrooms. Pea tip is lovely -- bright green, like spinach but sweet, not bitter. It's not cheap and is a specialty item. I don't care for the taro and gluten in coconut -- quite starchy, but that's personal taste.

There's a dim sum menu. Don't know if this is just weekends but we like the regular menu better.

Bathrooms are clean and scented like coconut or vanilla (the women's anyway). Never a lineup.

The bill is printed in both Chinese and English, a nice touch.

When this place was the Bo Kong, the interior was always freezing cold, winter or summer. It's much better now, normal temp, and they even asked at one point if I was cold; I wasn't.

A lovely bonus is the free parking beside the restaurant, now monitored by security camera which you can see on a screen at the cash register. Before, the people at the grill next door used it and you couldn't get in.

As the name suggests, this place is now owned by the Whole Vegetarian chain of veggie food supply stores in BC and Alberta, head office in Richmond. We were inspired to visit the Whole Vegetarian store in East Van and picked up lots of frozen veggie foods, including the "chicken drumsticks" which you can order in the restaurant. Ginger citrus "ribs" are also highly recommended. The bags of frozen goods are often big so make sure you have room in your freezer. They have canned and dry goods as well.

We loved this place when it was the Bo Kong and still love it, maybe even better than before! Do try it, even if you're not vegetarian -- there's lots of selection for carnivores and we take friends/relatives there often, with positive comments all around. It's one of the nicer veggie options in this city.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Indian in West Van
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

Went to this place twice, once dinner and once for the lunch buffet. I much preferred the a la carte dinner menu. As there were 3 of us we got to try quite a few dishes anyway. The pakoras were flavourful and not too oily, and we all liked our main dishes. North Indian vegetarian food can be quite oily, and this wasn't -- a pleasant surprise. Prices seemed reasonable for the location and quality of food. The waitress suggested we try the chai, adding that she had made it herself. It was wonderful! A great way to warm up on a rainy winter day.

The lunch buffet was less satisfying. Many places charge $1 less for vegetarian buffet but they don't here. Nice salad selection, but most people don't go to an indian buffet for the salad. Somehow I just didn't like the dishes so much. The chick peas had an unusual flavour of fennel or anise, which my husband liked but I didn't care for. Will return for dinner instead.

The atmosphere is nice and cozy, not sparse as in some places, and not cramped. Service was always adequate to friendly, no complaints there. It's nice not to have to drive over the bridge to get good Indian food now.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Great addition to Vancouver; will return
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

We were thrilled to learn of this relatively new restaurant. We had learned to appreciate South Indian food during a trip to Kerala -- and this place is vegetarian! Our lunch was specifically to try the buffet. Get there early as a long line forms very quickly. We didn't have to wait for a seat but there were 20 people in line as we left.

We didn't have a problem waiting for naan or anything. The servers were very busy but did their best.

There is a huge selection on the buffet, so try very small amounts of everything at first and then get more of what you like. I made the mistake of taking something that just looked good and then finding I liked other things more. They had a pumpkin dish and a spinach dish which were heavenly. Dosas were nice and light, and the sambar/chutneys were authentic. South Indian food is generally lighter (less oily) than North Indian, with more coconut and tamarind flavouring. There is protein in the dishes, such as lentils and chickpeas and paneer, it's not just rice/starch. The dishes all have individual flavours -- not "out of the same vat".

The lunch buffet is an amazing deal, cheaper than most Indian buffets with nice selection. My husband had the chai -- very good.

My only little disappointment was that my absolute favourite, avial, is only served at dinner on the weekends. We will be returning for dinner soon to try it.

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Annapurna1926 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Very good food, but don't rush
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 11:26am [Dine in]

This place is nicely located in Kitsilano. You will either have to pay for parking on 4th or walk a few blocks. The area is great for browsing.

Our waiter attended to us immediately, but then took a while to take orders. The food didn't take long to arrive, though.

We ordered veg pakoras, naan, raita, and orders of palak paneer and mutter paneer. The food was wonderful. For the lunch special the whole thing was about 30% less which was nice, and allowed us to try more things. The main dishes come with rice at lunch so there was almost too much food, but we finished it.

This is one of the few Indian restaurants with vegan and tofu dishes.

The decor was nice but nothing special. Bathrooms are clean. Staff were pleasant. My only complaint was the rather slow service Maybe it's better in the evening if the place is busier. Between serving us, the waiter sat in the kitchen talking to the cook. Even after we had long finished our food, he didn't ask if we wanted anything else or offer the bill -- I walked up to the bar to ask.

Anyway, we loved the food and are looking forward to trying more dishes.

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Temptation Gelati450 E Columbia St, #103, New Westminster
great soups, good gelato
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

This place makes the best soups! They are named after places, like California, Indiana etc. They usually have 2 each day and one of them is always vegetarian but not always vegan. Many of the soups have a bit of curry flavour, but they also have Borscht and a potato soup. Indiana is my current favourite, with chickpeas.

There are a variety of panini sandwiches and some Italian pastries.

The gelato itself is very good. They make it themselves and in the fall they make pumpkin gelato, which tastes like pumpkin pie. It's great!

This is a small place in a little strip mall just off East Columbia Street. The ambiance is average but it's not pretending to be anything more than it is. Staff is friendly and service as fast as they can.

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Brazza Gelato & Coffee1846 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

We like this place for both the gelato and the pastries. It's hard to find a good cinnamon bun or chocolate/almond croissant, and this place has both. We haven't tried any specialty coffees but the regular coffee is fine. Sandwiches etc are also fine.

There's a decent selection of gelatos and sorbets, as well as some soy gelatos and sugar-free/dairy-free ones. The chocolate one is great! We don't get cones but buy 1/2 litre which is a better deal.

The layout is nice, and the place is usually busy but not too busy ie you can find a seat. We've never had any problems with the service.

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Wild Ginger88 West Pender Street, Unit 2015, Vancouver
tranquil gem with veg options
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Wild Ginger is a Korean/fusion restaurant in International Village. It's a great alternative to the food court.

There's a bar with sports on TV at the entrance but, once you're inside, it's quiet and truly tranquil. There's soft music, dark grey stone tiles and Asian decoration. The place is large with high ceilings, quite relaxing.

Service is friendly and prompt, and the food arrives quickly. We're vegetarians. There are several veg options on the menu, and they will also adapt some recipes. For example, "egg-planet" is usually eggplant and ground beef; they will make it with soft tofu instead. Nuns and Monks, and Rainforest soup are also very good. My stepsons usually order a chicken dish which they like.

There is a decent dessert selection, full drink menu and also a variety of white, green or black teas. These are fun as they come in a glass pot with flowers in the tea. The peach tea is wonderful.

Food portions are generous and we often have leftovers to take home.

Even better, parking is free! Take your parking stub to the restaurant or any other merchant in International Village for authorization. This is a nice, relaxing place to eat before or after a movie at Tinseltown. We never get tired of the food.

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Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House8681 10th Avenue, Burnaby
Unique! Very good.
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

This little place in a small strip mall in Burnaby (near New Westminster) is a wonderful find. The food is a lot less greasy than many Chinese places, and has some different flavours. The spring rolls come with a delicious peanut sauce -- try some to take home if you order too much. Both the spinach tofu soup and house combination soup are lovely. If you eat there, the house combination soup comes over a burner to keep it hot.

The curried vegetables come in a light, coconutty curry sauce, not too oily. The lemongrass tofu and ginger "chicken" are fantastic, as is the eggplant curry (different flavour than the veg curry). The only dish here we really haven't liked was an eggplant dish stuffed with some sort of gelatinous goopy tofu mixture -- not sure if it was pan-fried stuffed eggplant. The sweet and sour "chicken" is interesting -- it's truly sweet and sour, not just sweet like most places make it.

The restaurant is very small but service is fast and friendly. Do try the Vietnamese coffee (just like they make in Vietnam) and the Chi cake ("cheesecake" made with tofu). Prices for everything are very reasonable. We love this place! It's closed on Sundays.

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Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Reliably good
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

This is one of 2 Bo Kong Restaurants. It is often quite full but we have never had to wait, and one can make reservations for very busy times. Staff are courteous and try to honour special requests, like using soft tofu instead of deep-fried. There is a huge variety of choice, and even non-vegetarians can be satisfied. The "sizzling steak" which I think is made of gluten, is really good. Other recommended ones are the sweet and sour dish, eggplant and tofu, and the thick spinach soup and wonton soup. These are all quite popular. Every time we go, we see new things to try and are usually pleased. Even apparently without onior or garlic, the food is very tasty.

The Richmond location has more little things to buy (like candied nuts) and seems a bit larger. The menus are the same. Overall, both Bo Kongs are wonderful and also are not too expensive.

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